Re: Definition of strong recursive self-improvement

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sun Jan 02 2005 - 10:22:43 MST

maru wrote:
> So, in other words, you merely want an recursive optimizer that can code
> 'well enough' until it has leveraged weak superintelligence enough to
> solve that problem somehow?

No, because it would have lost the original optimization target (goal
system) by the time it solved the problem. I do not think you can ask
an SI to solve a problem without a well-formed description of that
problem. If you can produce a well-formed description of how to infer
well-formed descriptions from vague human requests, you'd be home-free,
but you still have to solve the initial problem and it's not simple.

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky                
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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